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Poster: tree-ap Date: Mar 28, 2007 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: show &/or road stories

I'm thoroughly interested in hearing stories/experiences from particular shows, your travels to/from shows, hotels/campgrounds, camping out for tickets, etc. Whether it be complete & total WEIRDNESS, magic & miracles, bad scenes/vibes, good or bad drugs, "random acts of kindness & senseless acts of beauty", anything at all that made or broke a show for you or left some sort of indelible mark. Maybe it was even something that happened @ a Rainbow Gathering---while not a GD show, they always were an extension to the scene.



I've told a few of these myself in show reviews & here in this forum. For example, see the following:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd89-10-19.nak.rob_r.7595.sbefail.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd92-06-22.daud.harlan.5218.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd95-06-30.schoeps.3376.sbeok.shnf

I think this’ll be a nice way for some of us to reminisce in some of our “good times” or on something that changed us forever. I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Peace & LOVE to all…

(sometimes I HATE how cliché that sounds)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

here are 2 that annoyed me if you like...

LA forum I was selling my extra for 40.00 which was 3 bucks or so over face. I did this to round it out. This head called me a scalper. I do all the leg work with GDTS and he calls me a scalper for a 3 dollar overage charge. The guy behind him heard I was selling and jumped at it. That night Hornsby and Spencer davis sat in. His loss.

Vegas 1995. This drunk head is really annoying and bothering the entire row. I turn to my friends and say, "half step" because I hear the tuning. The drunken head starts cursing me even though I wasn't even talking to the guy. he bets me 10 bucks it's going to be shakedown. The band opens with half step and the guy is pissed and refuses to pay. Now I'm pissed. I tell him I will give him a chance to get his cash back by going double or nothing that they breakout "race is on" His buddy tells him to "jump on it because they never play it. " he takes the bet and sure enough the next tune is "race is on.' The putz didn't realize it was Preakness day. he paid up and I bought domino's pizza slices for my row

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Raceway Park 9.3.77 We all had Tx from Ticketron,camped out the day before to awake in a sea of heads headed to the show, the place was encased by railroad freight cars and greased so no one sould climb up on them, VERY hot, water was evident by faucets that were constantly running to form a muddy journey to get some releif, the DEAD were great as the tapes will speak for themselves.

Giants Stadium 9.3.78 prior to the EGYPT tour, one of the best lot scenes in memory we brought a keg couches etc....A guy jumped to his death from the top of the place (see my Review)
Hampton 79 see my review
Greensboro 1989 see my review.

uh read the reviews of the shows,not only you get a review of recording and performance you also get a perspective on the scene. Pig

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Ticketron...I can still recall going to the little Waxie Maxie's window in the malls here on the East coast. Camping out for tic's was always a good time as well. It was hairy sometimes when mall security wouldn't let you "camp" on the property & you had to find a Denny's or, a 7-11, or Mcdonald's parking lot that was close by to start "the line". Usually "The Line" was just the number you signed your name next to on "The List", and then an hour or so before tickets actually went on sale you had to do a roll call to get people lined up. I can remember a few times where people got into minor altercations when someone butted or snaked their way in front of someone else.

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

I went to the 11.6.77 Binghamton Show without at ticket and refused to pay the scalper dude $40 for the $7.50 ticket, from that point on I NEVER went to a show without camping out for the box office to openor eventually eclusively with the mail in order for tickets.....

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Mar 30, 2007 12:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

after the 2nd show at Alpine 82 my tour buds were trying to chill in the parking lot waiting for me to level off enough to drive...for hours there were fireworks going off all around us and a friend was joking about us being under siege with mortar fire...in the wee hours i went to start the vehicle which had been running a tape deck from the battery since the previous morning...that old slant 6 engine did crank, but real slow at first and for quite a while, then started to puff on one cylinder, then 2, then 3...and eventually it roared into a life of it's own, dancing on all 5 and a half cylinders to the thunderous applause of the parking lot audience

god i miss those days...

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Poster: cush11 Date: Mar 30, 2007 1:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

The old slant 6... Most reliable tour vehicle I ever met!!!

:)

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Poster: cush11 Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Here's an old one of mine...

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=70953

:)

This post was modified by cush212 on 2007-03-28 20:31:20

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 29, 2007 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Another weird category.

After seeing "The Dead," we stopped at the convenience store located at the entrance/exit of the complex where the St. Louis corporate ampitheater is located. Summer weather, car windows open.

Another car rattled by us there in the parking lot, with a thunderhead of white smoke pouring out of its exhaust. I know next to nothing about automotive mechanics, so I haven't the slightest idea why that vehicle was pumping out the foulest, most wretched stench that has ever assaulted my olfactory sense in my entire life. My wife would concur.

We did not like that part our evening.

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Poster: dehead Date: Mar 29, 2007 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

9-2-78 Giants Stadium
A friend from college (Univ of Delaware)who lived in Chicago shows up at my doorstep the day before the show with tickets in hand. We drive up the night before and spend the night in the parking lot. We had some mood adjustment but no alcohol. We meet some people from Rockaway Beach, NY. Somehow they got to the show without a car. They found out that our car was sitting right there and they begged/threatened my friend until he went out to get beer. I sat in the empty space with some hoodlums turning away people until they got back. We proceeded to drink all night and listen to some Dead mixed with the Stones. Some Girls had recently come out and these guys were in love with Shattered. Listened to that song too many times that night and watched these guys scream "Bite the Big Apple, don't mind the maggots" at the top of their lungs. The show the next day was great except for the combination of sun, heat, smoke and no sleep made me nod out during the drums. Luckily it was still drums when I woke up.

5-16-81 Cornell

It was a general admission show. I went with 5 other people and we split up almost immediately. I had never been to the front at a show so I started working my way up. I got to the boards at the front row before the break. It was so hot in the place that at the break the staff was throwing cups of water onto the crowd. I begged a guy for a glass of water. I must have looked like I was in bad shape because he came over to the wall and handed me one. Best drink I've ever had in my life. By the time the drums came I couldn't fight the crush of the crowd any more. I fought my way back about 2 rows (if there were seats) and found a little haven of empty space. The UJB encore is burned into my memory. I still have my ticket stub.

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Poster: willowgordon Date: Mar 28, 2007 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Great thread!

I had given away miracle tickets before - each time I made a wish for a bust-out, to no avail. Well, at Landover '91 the Grateful gods were smiling on me. After handing this head his ticket, I said, "This miracle gets us a "Rubin & Cherise" tonight!" Wishful thinking huh? Well sure enough they busted that shit out for the first time that night! It seemed like such a huge deal at the time. In the post-show glow in really did seem like a miracle. Of course it was a coincidence, but it was one of those moments that I'll never forget. I saw the dude after the show dancing around with this shit-eating grin on his face, he layed a big sweaty hug on me, stuffed some nugs in my breast pocket and danced away. Just one of those magical nights I guess.

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 28, 2007 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

I was hitching to seattle after portland, some dude had a hot u-haul from back east and charged everyone [15 or 20]a few bucks, damn truck ran out of gas so many time it took most the next day to arrive.....hitched to vegas one year, no rides.....hung a dye on the mile marked, walked down the hill and took a nap. Soon there was a ride, some dude just did his time in the army and hadn't see a show for years. Met some good people.....lost touch after awhile. The were clowns too.

GOT THAT, I might add.


This post was modified by smi2les on 2007-03-29 03:34:29

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 29, 2007 3:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

I hitched to Seattle after Portland, too. Threw down a sleeping bag in a park near where I and another guy picked up in the same van were dropped off in the night. Woke up in the rain. Imagine that. Waking up in the rain in Seattle. Will wonders never cease. Had to spend almost the entire day in a hotel lobby avoiding the weather, reading the Sunday newspaper---FRONT TO BACK.
Sun finally came out late in the day. Met my friends from Port Angeles under the Space Needle. Good show-first time I saw Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo.

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 29, 2007 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Well atleast no narcolepsy, Boise was to follow and being in the rain in your own privite Idaho can really tear a guys ass.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Mar 29, 2007 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

especially when your brother is your father...

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 29, 2007 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

or Nichol S. could be 'Her own Grandma'....but who know's these days since they found Jesus's tomb. Apparently they know this because The Darwin Group has God's DNA.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Mar 29, 2007 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

I saw this whole run @ the Cap Centre---March 17th, 18th, 20th, & 21st. I can still recall the roar as Jerry started singing the lyrics to R&C. Also, what I consider to be the best show I ever saw was the one on the 21st with the Stir it Up Jam. The whole run was spectacular though, so take the time to listen to these shows, you won't be disappointed.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-03-17.sbd.munder.8745.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-03-18.sbd.hinko.28162.sbeok.flacf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-03-20.sbd.oconnor.11272.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-03-21.sbd.king.474.sbeok.shnf

The next year, Spring Tour of '92, I don't recall what show it was, but my wife & a friend of ours had skybox seats from our friend's mother's company. She was only able to get 2 passes, but I went anyway. We'd hoped that one of them might be able to come back out of the seperate entrance that skybox people went in and bring me the other pass & get me in, but no such luck. So I was stuck outside wondering around smoking j's, eating grilled cheese, checking out the vendors, playing hacky sack, etc. After awhile I got tired of walking around & went to this huge pile of dirt that was off on one side of the lot. There were a bunch of others sitting there, so i figured i just find some company until the show was over. While sitting there rolling a joint, this sort of drunk dude came stumbling by saying "share-ajuana, share-ajuana, anybody got a joint to share?" So I called him over & asked him to sit & help me smoke the joint I'd rolled. He called himself Weird Pete, and said he was from some town east of Santa Cruz, and that he'd lost the guy he was riding with in a VW bus that had a few pounds of nugs stuffed in the engine compartment. They'd made the delivery and had decided to follow the whole tour on their way back home. Anyway, "share-ajuana" has always stuck with me, and I still think of Weird Pete and what might have become of him.

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 28, 2007 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

I has at the disco van after some new years show, fresh king n2o, a cold harp, and pissing over my head. The wind picked up and sprayed the disco crowd with asparagus urine, that van was a trip to watch......smelly but too. Goodthing I was able to extinguish the disco inferno that evening, who know what would of happened that evening.

BACK TO THE DRUM WHIPPET CIRCLE >


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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Here is one of mine from last November...

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=77522

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:48pm
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Smiles, that's the funniest post I've read from you yet.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Mar 28, 2007 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: show &/or road stories

Weird category:

I'm standing outside after the Richmond show - 11/1/85 - and a guy and his friend come up to me and my friend and start small talk about the show. Then he says to me "Want to see something funny?" with that real crazy look in his eye. I'm getting a really weird vibe and don't reply. He reaches down and pulls off his fake leg. He holds it up and says "Thats f'd up isn't it?" looking for a response and wanting an answer. Not sure if the guy is going to snap or what, I am totally stunned. I just stare at him, scared shit. After a few tense seconds, he starts yelling and jumping up and down. Luckily, the crowd is exiting and totally going banannas from the show they just saw. The guy is distracted and we slip off into the flow of the crowd. My friend and I just look at each other in relief but can not believe it really happened. I know it was real but still.......

No wonder Richmond didn't want the Dead back in town. Makes the locals crazy......

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 28, 2007 6:59pm
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I shared the long saga of the hitch-hiking trip from Oakland to Eugene some months back, but can't discern the thread where it was posted. Still, it's a good story about a couple that picked us up from a freeway on-ramp who obviously had little of their own, but shared what they did have with a couple of gnomes learning the difference between the romantic notion of being on the road and the tedious reality of it.

I always loved finding people at their first show who were turned on to the band either by me alone, or by me and other Heads they knew. A year after graduating from high school, I was square-dancing to Sugar Magnolia with Laura Henry at the Mississippi River Festival show in Edwardsville, Illinois. One night at Alpine Valley, I found Matt Creen who lived on my floor in the freshman dorms. The last two shows I saw were with Eileen Donohue, one of my theatre classmates at Southern Illinois University (during Black-Throated Wind she asked, "What song is this?" "Black-Throated Wind." "Black-Throated Wind. They're rockin, man! They're rockin'!") And while I had taken her to her first show, at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, I found Lisa, my first true love, a few years later at the same Alpine show I just mentioned. We hadn't seen each other in quite a while, and the meeting resulted in a big embrace. The down side of that, though, was that in my excitement of being able to put my arms around her for the first time in a couple of years, I bumped her face and gave her a fat lip. I saw her again some months later and she told me her mouth had bled for the rest of the night.

It's always something.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 28, 2007 6:59pm
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Might they have been crazy before the Dead ever arrived?

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Poster: Miss Magic Date: Mar 28, 2007 1:31pm
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The Dead were playing in LV, and we camped out near Lake Mead the night before, my friends knew of a oasis, and we went on Saturday to wash up. This was Sunday and we got there early, to find a parking lot full of cars. We were bumed. When we got down to the pond we found a church was doing full imersion baptisums. So that morning it felt likd washing in holy water, the cool part was that the rest of the tour was smooth and wonderful. When we wanted to make a desision, we just asked "Is this it?" and listened to the answer.